John’s Believe It Or Not… January 22nd

* 1992 – Roberta Bondar launched into space on board the US space shuttle Discovery – Canada’s first female astronaut. * 1973 Roe v. Wade. * 1840 British colonists reach New Zealand. * 1901 Queen Victoria dies. * 1905 First Russian Revolution begins

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It’s Monday! Did You Know…

* 1992 – Roberta Bondar launched into space on board the US space shuttle Discovery – Canada’s first female astronaut.

The morning of January 22, 1992, was chilly along the east coast of Florida. NASA officials watched the temperatures closely – just six years earlier, cold temperatures contributed to the Challenger disaster, claiming the lives of seven astronauts and grounding the shuttle fleet for three years. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… January 22nd”

John’s Believe It Or Not… January 21st

* 1807 – Ezekiel Hart elected to the Lower Canada Assembly but unseated because of his religion. * 1977 President Carter pardons draft dodgers. * 2017 Women’s March. * 1976 Concorde takes off. * 1924 Vladimir Lenin dies.

It’s Sunday! Did You Know…

* 1807 – Ezekiel Hart elected to the Lower Canada Assembly but unseated because of his religion.

Ezekiel Hart (May 15, 1770 – September 16, 1843) was an entrepreneur and politician in British North America. He is often said to be the first Jew to be elected to public office in the British Empire, though this assertion is discredited by the election of Francis Salvador to the South Carolina General Assembly in 1774. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… January 21st”

John’s Believe It Or Not… January 20th

* 1951 – John Fioravanti is born on this day in Toronto, Ontario. * 1981 Iran Hostage Crisis ends. * 1841 Hong Kong ceded to the British. * 1945 FDR inaugurated to fourth term. * 1996 Arafat elected leader of Palestine.

It’s Saturday! Did You Know…

* 1951 – John Fioravanti is born on this day in Toronto, Ontario.

I remember an incident when a person who was annoyed with me asked if I thought I was someone special. I retorted, “Certainly! The Americans inaugurate all of their presidents on my birthday!” Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… January 20th”

John’s Believe It Or Not… January 19th

* 1870 – Red River Rebellion – Louis Riel proposes a convention of forty Scotch and Métis representatives to discuss negotiating with Ottawa and setting up an elected Assembly. * 1809 Edgar Allan Poe is born. * 1883 Fog leads to deadly collision in North Sea. * 1966 Indira Gandhi becomes Indian prime minister. * 1983 Butcher of Lyons arrested in Bolivia.

It’s Friday! TGIF! Did You Know…

* 1870 – Red River Rebellion – Louis Riel proposes a convention of forty Scotch and Métis representatives to discuss negotiating with Ottawa and setting up an elected Assembly.

The Red River Resistance (or the Red River Rebellion, Red River uprising, or First Riel Rebellion) was the sequence of events that led up to the 1869 establishment of a provisional government by the Métis leader Louis Riel and his followers at the Red River Colony, in what is now the Canadian province of Manitoba. For a period it had been a territory called Rupert’s Land under control of the Hudson’s Bay Company. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… January 19th”

John’s Believe It Or Not… January 18th

* 2000 – Rare Carbon Meteorite Falls on the Ice of a Yukon Lake. * 1788 the First Fleet carrying 736 convicts from England to Australia arrives at Botany Bay to set up a penal colony. * 1919 Post-World War I peace conference begins in Paris. * 1778 Cook discovers Hawaii. * 1969 Heavy rain leads to landslides in Southern California.

It’s Thursday! Did You Know…

* 2000 – Rare Carbon Meteorite Falls on the Ice of a Yukon Lake.

The Tagish Lake meteorite fell at 16:43 UTC on 18 January 2000 in the Tagish Lake area in northwestern British Columbia, Canada.

Fragments of the Tagish Lake meteorite landed upon the Earth on January 18, 2000, at 16:43 UT (08:43 local time in Yukon) after a large meteoroid exploded in the upper atmosphere at altitudes of 50–30 kilometres (31–19 mi) with an estimated total energy release of about 1.7 kilotons. Following the reported sighting of a fireball in southern Yukon and northern British Columbia, Canada, more than 500 fragments of the meteorite were collected from the lake’s frozen surface. Post-event atmospheric photographs of the trail left by the associated fireball and U.S. Department of Defense satellite information yielded the meteor trajectory. Most of the stony, carbonaceous fragments landed on the Taku Arm of the lake, coming to rest on the lake’s frozen surface. The passage of the fireball and the high-altitude explosion set off a wide array of satellite sensors as well as seismographs. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… January 18th”

John’s Believe It Or Not… January 17th

* 1884 – The Parliament Building’s new electric lights are turned on for the first time in Ottawa. * 1961 Eisenhower warns of the “military-industrial complex”. * 1893 Americans overthrow Hawaiian monarchy. * 1966 H-bomb lost in Spain. * 1950 The Great Brinks Robbery

It’s Hump Day Wednesday! Did You Know…

* 1884 – The Parliament Building’s new electric lights are turned on for the first time in Ottawa.

Every December the Parliament Buildings are decorated with hundreds of colorful electric Christmas lights. The residents of Ottawa wait in anticipation for the official switching-on of the lights and visitors come to the city to admire the holiday illumination. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… January 17th”

John’s Believe It Or Not… January 16th

* 1939 – Joe Shuster from Toronto publishes his first self-titled Superman comic strip. * 1997 Entertainer Bill Cosby’s son murdered along CA interstate. * 1979 Shah flees Iran. * 1991 The Persian Gulf War begins. * 2013 Pauline Phillips the original Dear Abby dies at 94.

It’s Tuesday! Did You Know…

* 1939 – Joe Shuster from Toronto publishes his first self-titled Superman comic strip.

Joseph “Joe” Shuster [See featured picture above] (July 10, 1914 – July 30, 1992) was a Canadian-American comic book artist best known for co-creating the DC Comics character Superman, with writer Jerry Siegel, in Action Comics #1 (cover-dated June 1938). Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… January 16th”